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By Gretchen McPherson
Ledger staff 

Hospital crisis

Rep. Byrne addresses current and looming rural hospital crises in the state of Alabama


May 31, 2018

Gretchen McPherson

Rep. Byrne talks with Atmore hospital administrator Doug Tanner

U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne paid a visit to Atmore Community Hospital Tuesday, May 29, to meet with officials from hospitals throughout Southwest Alabama as well as local elected officials and community leaders to discuss the challenges facing Alabama's rural hospitals.

As many as 12 hospitals in Alabama have closed since 2011 and Alabama has the lowest Medicare reimbursement rate in the country, measured by the Medicare Wage Index.

The Medicare Wage Index measures the amount paid to hospitals for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries based on a national average payment amount,...

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